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At long last, there is a better solution to the painfully slow dial-up modem connection that has been your tether to the Internet. Cable Internet connections that once were expensive luxuries of living in big cities have become commonplace. Cable Internet connections promise to change the way you use the Internet...not to mention changing the Internet itself. No longer will you have to spend hours downloading files or email, tie up your phone line every time you want to check a stock quote or grit your teeth ...

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Overview

At long last, there is a better solution to the painfully slow dial-up modem connection that has been your tether to the Internet. Cable Internet connections that once were expensive luxuries of living in big cities have become commonplace. Cable Internet connections promise to change the way you use the Internet...not to mention changing the Internet itself. No longer will you have to spend hours downloading files or email, tie up your phone line every time you want to check a stock quote or grit your teeth while watching the latest movie trailer trickle in a frame or two at a time on your modem connection.

There is a dark side, however. Unless you take the proper precautions, cable Internet connections open your computer to Internet thugs who would like nothing more than to make off with your credit card numbers and personal files. Fear not...we show you how to rebuke hackers when they come calling.

We also show you what the cable company won't show you - how to hot- rod your connection so that you can squeeze more performance from your broadband Internet service. We also show you how to share a single connection between multiple computers via your home network and how to get your mail - even when you're on the road away from your cable connection. And if you're the get-your-hands-dirty type, we show you how to bypass long waiting lists for professional installation of your service and do it yourself.

We also show you to to maximize the speed afforded to you by your cable connection when playing online games, chatting with your friends and coworkers and using video conferencing.

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Cable Internet Connections is your indispensable companionto the brave new world of home broadband.

  • A When hackers are busting through your measly defenses and making off with your credit cards, you don't have time for useless tech support lines or for surfing to Web sites explaining home Internet security - you need answers - and possibly an Advil or two - now!
  • A Your new connection is blindingly fast. You've told your dialup ISP to take a hike. Then, it occurs to you - how do I share my cable connection with other computers in the house? We show you just how to do it!
  • A Are you a do-it-yourselfer who doesn't trust that the cable installer will know a NIC from a hair dryer? Your concerns might be well-founded. Cable Internet has exploded on the consumer market and many providers know just a smidgen more than you do about installing cable Internet. That is, they did know more. Now that you have this book by your side, you can learn just how to install your own hardware and configure Windows to maximize your new cable connection.
  • A Even though your new connection is faster than anything you've seen, it can be faster. We show you how to squeeze every-last-lovin' drop of performance out of your cable connection. "Fasten your seatbelts.
  • Have an iMac, G3, or G4? We haven't forgotten about you. We help you discover where to find Mac-specific media players, Internet sharing programs, and other resources that will help you supercharge and troubleshoot your MacOS-flavored Cable Internet connection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789727053
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/21/2001
  • Pages: 369
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Understanding Cable Modems
1 The Internet and Your PC 9
2 What is a Cable Modem? 17
II Getting Cable Modem Service
3 Making Sure You're Ready for Cable Internet Service 31
4 Ordering and Installing Cable Modem Service 47
III Using Your Cable Modem Service
5 Setting Up Your Software to Use Your Cable Modem 63
6 Ten Ways Cable Modems Make the Internet Better 77
IV Enhancing Your Cable Modem Service
7 Adding Multimedia Features to Your Cable Modem Service 95
8 Using Internet Multimedia and Messaging 105
9 Using a Webcam 135
10 Using Photo and Data-Storage Services 147
11 Playing Internet Games 159
12 Speeding Up Your Cable Internet Service 175
V Securing Your Cable Modem Service
13 Firewalls and Your PC 189
14 Stopping Computer Viruses 205
VI Sharing Your Cable Modem Service
15 Using Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing 221
16 Using Other Computer-Based Internet Sharing Programs 245
17 Router Your Way to Internet Sharing 265
18 Setting Up a Home Network for Sharing Your Internet Connection 279
VII Troubleshooting Your Cable Modem
19 Troubleshooting Your Connection to the Internet 299
20 Troubleshooting Internet Sharing 317
21 Troubleshooting Internet Multimedia and Instant Messenger Software 329
22 Keeping Your Cable Internet Service Up-to-Date 343
Index 351
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2002

    Best Cable Modem and install book for Beginners

    This is the book that I've been looking for in the past 6 months. I contacted Marc and told him that I had a large project coming up and was not sure how to network and install Cable modems and DSL. He told me the book would walk me thru everything I needed to know, and HE WAS RIGHT. Don't forget to add this one to your tech library...jb

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